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Jerry Tarkanian 'still fighting' in hospital in Las Vegas

February 11, 2015 2:45 PM
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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Hall of Fame basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian is battling for his life at a Las Vegas hospital, where family members say he's in very critical condition.

Son Danny Tarkanian said Wednesday that his father is "still fighting."

A son-in-law, Dr. Zafi Diamant, said Tuesday that the 84-year-old Tarkanian was fighting a respiratory ailment and infection after being hospitalized Monday.

CORRECTS DATE OF HOSPITALIZATION - FILE - In this March 1, 2014, file photo, Jerry Tarkanian is escorted by his son, Danny, during halftime ceremonies honoring the former basketball coach at Fresno State University in Fresno, Calif. Family members say Hall of Fame basketball coach Tarkanian is hospitalized in Las Vegas with breathing trouble and some type of infection. Son Danny Tarkanian on Tuesday characterized his father¿s condition as ¿minute by minute.¿ He says his 84-year-old father was taken by ambulance Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, to Valley Hospital Medical Center after his blood oxygen fell to dangerous levels. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian, File)

The towel-chewing coach dubbed "Tark the Shark" has been hospitalized three times in 10 months.

He had a second heart attack last April and was treated for pneumonia in November.

Tarkanian led the 1990 UNLV team that won an NCAA national title and the 1991 Runnin' Rebels who lost to Duke in the Final Four.

Tarkanian later coached with the NBA's San Antonio Spurs and at Fresno State, leading the Bulldogs to the NCAA tournament twice.


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